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“This was hallowed ground. It was the first place the Saints could be baptized in a real font rather than in a cold river or lake.”

Richard K. Talbot (BS ’79, MPA ’82, MA ’97), director of the BYU Office of Public Archaeology, in a Church news release announcing the discovery of a baptismal font at the site of the new Provo City Center Temple. The font, dating back to the 1870s, is the earliest known baptistry of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Utah County.

“I liked her first!”

BYU President Cecil O. Samuelson, at Homecoming opening ceremonies, to students who “liked” his wife Sharon’s “True Blue Sharon” Facebook page. She announced the creation of the page and requested likes in a skit during the ceremonies.

“We wanted to see if obesity influenced food motivation, but it didn’t.”

Exercise science professor James D. Lecheminant (BS ’99, MS ’01), commenting on the finding that 45 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise reduces a person’s motivation for food throughout the day, regardless of the person’s body mass index. The finding, which challenges the idea that you can work up an appetite, was published in Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise and featured by the Wall Street Journal, Glamour, and other publications.

“For many BYU students this was the first time they were in the majority, the norm.”

CNN reporter Richard Quest blogging about his visit to BYU while filming the American Quest series. First surprised bythe uniformity he found, he realized BYU students happily lived an honor code most college students would find too strict. “They needn’t explain why they didn’t drink alcohol,” he continued. “This homogeny was their freedom to be as they wanted to be.”

“Integrity first. Service before self. Excellence in all you do.”

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency, addressing BYU’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadets at the annual BYU ROTC Presidential Review and Veteran’s Day Commemoration on Nov. 9.

“They’re involved in their children’s lives—just not appropriately.”

Family life professor Laura Padilla-Walker, quoted in USA Today, talking about helicopter parents—who interject themselves into every aspect of their children’s lives, from school to work to arguments with friends. Her research, published in the Journal of Adolescence, shows that helicopter parenting leads to kids having lower school engagement, skipping classes, and turning assignments in late.

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